While he’s not as famous as some of his siblings, Fabian Marley, the eldest son of Reggae legend Bob Marley is keen on delivering his musical message to the world.
“I am the first son for Bob Marley, Ziggy and I were born the same year but of different mothers, I was born a few months before him. Over the years, I was never concerned about exposing myself to the world. I was more concerned about learning my craft, my father’s spirit is always around me and he has told me to rise up now, go forward and do the works. A lot of the elders from Trench Town know me and have guided me in the music and it’s time for the world to know me,” said Marley.
Marley has been involved with music since he was a child; his first foray into music came via the sound-system route as a teenager.
“Music has always been a part of my world. I grew up surrounded by music. By the time I was 13, I began deejaying on a sound-system called Lover’s Choice. When I was 16, I joined a band called Sounds of the Rainbow. From that point I got deeper into music, as I was fortunate enough to be able to be around the Skatalites. These great men of music taught me how to write and to compose music. Being around the Skatalites was a great experience.”
Marley is confident that his time to shine will come, as long as he remains dedicated to his craft and continues to do the work he says his father has commanded him to do.
“As you know, blood thicker than water, my brothers and I are close, and I am happy for their success in music and I know in time we will work together, but right now, I have to do my works. My musical help comes from my team that Rastafari has formed for I. My team is composed of several people from Jamaica, Africa, Europe, the UK, the United States and Canada, people like Sandyu Sandstormz and All Fruits Productions,” said the artiste.
Marley is working on the completion of an album titled Nature Valentine. So far, he has released three singles from the album, Plant Some Peas, Island Jamaica and Nah Go Sey Mi Poor.
“The album is coming together nicely, it is scheduled to be ready before the end of the year. Right now, we are promoting three singles off the album; these tracks are getting some good support right now from DJs all over the world.”
An accompanying music video for Plant Some Peas was recently released. The music video, which was directed by Courtney Winter, is currently enjoying strong rotation.
Also in the works for Marley are a number of overseas engagements in Canada and Uganda later this year.
Reggae music fans in Jamaica will get a chance to see him in action before he travels for his overseas engagements, as he is slated to perform at the White House Culture Jam on August 17.